Glenorchy Field-trip 13th to 18th April

Trip Guide: Pol

Trip Report: By Kathy

Over Easter 15 lucky people didn’t know Cyclone Cook existed as the weather at Glenorchy was ideal for photography and Monday was even a cloudless sky until mid afternoon. It’s a truly lovely part of the country to visit, wonderful long vistas up the valleys of braided rivers, beech forests, mountains with still a little snow visible especially on Mt Earnslaw, some low lying cloud around the mountains early morning on some days, clear brilliant starry nights, plenty of good walking tracks. Many black swans starting early mating rituals in the lagoon at the edge of the township. Very few birds encountered in the forests but in the trees around the Shearers Quarters in the afternoons they were very melodious.

Bunkhouse was comfortable with plenty of room to spread ourselves around.

Pot luck tea was so successful it covered 2 nights with still food to spare, supplemented  by a lovely fresh lake trout generously given to us.

An additional benefit was having Eric with us who had grown up in the area, was reliving his past and was a fountain of information.

Lake Hayes on the way home had some lovely reflections and anyone who wanted to go wine tasting or buying should not have been short of a vineyard to visit in Central Otago.

Field trips are a great way of getting to know your fellow members which isn’t possible at monthly meetings.

Many thanks to Pol for organising an excellent weekend. We remembered Nic while down in Glenorchy as it was his original suggestion to go there.



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